The Great British Bake Off’s Rebs and Abdul will miss Bread Week due to illness.
The 23-year-old student and the 29-year-old electronics engineer were given special permission to advance through to the next round on the Channel 4 baking competition after they were deemed too sick to have their doughy creations judged by Paul Hollywood and Dame Prue Leith.
According to the Daily Mirror newspaper, in Tuesday’s episode (27.09.22), show host Matt Lucas tells the rest of the tent: “Both Rebs and Abdul are a bit under the weather this week."
He then jokes: "But with your permission, we thought we’d send them both straight through to the final.”
Matt's co-host Noel Fielding clarifies, telling the competitors: “Only joking, they’re going to miss a week and hopefully they’ll be back next week.”
Tonight’s episode will see everyone do their best to make their dough rise to the challenge, in a bid to receive a trademark handshake from Paul, who is known for his bakes.
Paul, 56, and Prue, 82, have already sent two bakers packing since the start of the series.
Maisam, an 18-year-old student, got the boot but deemed the show “just the start” of her “baking journey”.
After failing to wow with her Biscuit Week showstopper, she said: “This isn’t the end of my baking journey, it’s just the start.”
Prue called her 3D mask creation “simple but effective”, and Paul said the colours she used were "fantastic”.
The week prior, Will became the first contestant to be sent packing at the end of Cake Week.
On his departure, the 45-year-old charity director said: "Someone’s got to go first and obviously I’m disappointed but I’m proud to have made it.
“There’s a lovely bunch of people I’ve met and I’ve got an experience that I can definitely talk about and share. I’m proud of that.”